Un­beaten Slip­per hero faces big test in Stakes

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT - Ray Thomas

GOLDEN Slip­per hero Van­cou­ver and Sil­ver Slip­per win­ner Headwater are likely to clash in a tan­ta­lis­ing show­down for the Group 3 $125,000 San Domenico Stakes (1100m) at Rose­hill Gar­dens on Satur­day.

Van­cou­ver, un­beaten in four starts last sea­son, was sold af­ter his Slip­per win in March as a po­ten­tial stal­lion prospect in a deal that esti- mated the colt’s worth at more than $40 mil­lion.

The su­per colt will con­tinue to race dur­ing his three-year-old sea­son so ev­ery start will be widely an­tic­i­pated. CUPS RUN­NETH OVER THE coun­try cups cir­cuit is in over­load this week­end.

There are three cups meet­ings on Satur­day: $25,000 Casino Cup, $15,000 Carinda Cup and $10,000 Nar­ran­dera Cup, all over 1400m, then on Sun­day there is the $26,000 Nar­romine Cup (1600m). FOL­LOW TEAM HAWKES MY TIP for Rose­hill Gar­dens on Satur­day is to fol­low Team Hawkes.

The train­ing part­ner­ship of Hall of Famer John Hawkes and his sons Michael and Wayne has had a fly­ing start to the new sea­son and pro­duced sev­eral promis­ing gal­lop­ers.

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